The aim of the International Committee is advancement of International understanding, goodwill and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.
The International Committee at Priory are involved with, and support:
- Tools for Self-Reliance - the woodworking and DIY tools plus sewing machines, being refurbished by The Camphill Village Trust in Milton Keynes for transporting to South Africa. More information can be found at www.tfsr.org
- British Humanitarian Aid - a small charity that collects various items eg bedding for the old Eastern Bloc countries This UK registered charity also provides holidays for children from Chernobyl to the Black Sea. For more information go to http://www.britishhumanitarianaid.co.uk
- Roundabout Water Pump - Priory joined with other Hertfordshire-based Rotary Clubs to provide a Roundabout Water Pump. Designed so children play on the surface equipment and the revolutions draw water from a well. Fun for children, convenience for the village, water for all. See photo gallery and go to www.playpumps.org
- The Wheelchair Foundation. We raised funds to assist Past President Jenny's target for the Club as a whole to purchase 100 wheelchairs. For more information go to www.wheelchairfoundation.org
- Send-a Cow. We hope to raise funds to provide two cows and for training of personnel. Visit http://www.sendacow.org.uk for further details.
- The Rotary Opthalmoscope project (Optyse), devised, funded and launched world-wide by our neighbouring Club, Stevenage Grange. The full story can be found at www.sgrc.org.uk
- The purchase of Christmas Puddings, via the Rotary Club of Cwmbran, to provide funds for the safe destruction of land mines. For more information, go to www.landmines.org.uk
- The School of St Jude in Arusha, Tanzania. For more information, go to www.schoolofstjude.co.tz
As part of Rotary International's own charity, Rotary Foundation, the International committee has donated annual sums to Polio Plus, a programme that has almost eradicated polio from this world.
Collections in goods and cash are also made to fill Aquaboxes and purchase Shelter Boxes for when disaster strikes abroad. Some of the cash comes from a very simple idea of an auction of unwanted Christmas presents, which also provides fun for the whole of this Priory Club.
For more information go to www.aquabox.org and www.shelterbox.org
We do of course enjoy ourselves and there is a large amount of friendship and fun at our meetings and social events, be it a Progressive Supper, a Weekend Away - visits to our contact club in Lessines in Belgium and possibly a new contact club in Fano in Italy.